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Mississippi Regulators Approve MPCo’s Solar, Battery Storage Demonstration Project

April 12, 2021
According to the commission’s order, the estimated $7.8m facility facility is expected to be completed in 2022.

The Mississippi Public Service Commission has approved Mississippi Power Company’s (MPCo) petition seeking approval of a solar generation and battery storage demonstration project in Leake County, Miss., according to a commission order dated April 9.

As noted in the order, MPCo in September 2020 requested authority from the commission to proceed with the construction, acquisition, ownership, operation, maintenance, repair and renewal of a 1.285-MW alternating current (AC) solar photovoltaic energy generating facility with a maximum capacity of 1.5 MW and a 5.14-MWh capacity battery storage system for the purposes of demonstrating the battery storage technology, and conducting research on bifacial solar and solar plus storage technology optimization, as well as testing and demonstrating the feasibility of reliability enhancements for the Walnut Grove community in Leake County.

The cost to design and build the solar project is estimated to be $7.8m, the commission added, noting that the facility is expected to be completed in 2022.

MPCo would build, own, operate, and maintain the facility, the commission said, noting that the company has awarded the project to an EPC firm, Asset Company, PLLC d/b/a Asset Engineering.

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